Category Archives: 2013

2013 Session 36: Obedience – Faith

It’s an old subject, with roots that go all the way back to the earthly ministry of Christ. In today’s session, Dr. Nunnally reminds us that following Christ’s example — in obedience — is an absolute requirement. “If you love me, you’ll keep my commandments,” speaks to the point, directly.  Faith is vital, but so is obedience. “Why do you call me Lord and then don’t do as I say?”  Luke 6:46 

Romans 15:18; Ephesians 3:7; Galatians 3:20; 2 Cor 12; Colossans 3:17; Romans 1:5; 16-19; Romans 16:19,26; Isaiah 9; Danial 7; Zacharia 9:9; Hebrews 11; Acts 6:7; James 2; Ephesians 2:8-10; Matthew 7:21; Luke 6:46; John 15:1,6

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2013 Session 35: Thanksgiving

“When we look back to Thanksgiving, we often look back to the Pilgrims, rather than the thanksgiving that is mentioned in scripture. … We should not allow our thanksgiving to stop at food, and family, and friends, and our jobs. And in the book of Ephesians, Paul does exactly that. He goes to the same place that the Puritan fathers went with their celebration.  Today, we’re going to reframe this subject of thanksgiving by looking at the book of Ephesians.”

Ephesians 5:4, 20; Eph 1:4,5,7,9,11,14; Eph 2:1,2, 5,6;13,14,15,16,17,18,19; Eph 3:6,17,18 19; Eph 4:7; Col 2:9,10

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2013 Session 34: Works and Grace

In today’s session, Dr. Nunnally takes up an issue that can be confusing.  We are saved by grace. Salvation is a gift from God, and not a status we earn through good behavior, performance of a ritual or mandated task. And while most Christians understand that our gift from God is not something we’ve earned, we are expected to serve God through our works. Whether feeding the poor, attending the sick or pursuing justice, our salvation directly links to tangible work. “How can we perform deep covenantal responsibilities, and yet reconcile those responsibilities to the notion: my yoke is easy and my burden is light?”

Romans 15:18; Ephesians 2:8,9,10; 1 Cointhians 1:30; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 3:7-20; 2 Corinthians 12:2; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:25-29

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2013 Session 33: Priest and Sacrifice (2)

Today’s class continues the discussion from last week, with questions and comments from several members in the class. “Eternal servanthood” describes a Christian believer’s understanding of how we are to live before the Lord. Homework for next week: Jeremiah 7:22-23; Hosea 6:6; Micah 6:6-8 .

Romans  15:15; 1 Samuel15:22; Psalm 40:6-8; 51:16-17; Hebrews 10:5-6; Isaiah 1:11-17

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2013 Session 32: Priest and Sacrifice

In today’s session, Dr. Nunnally takes up the “priesthood and sacrifice of Christ,” and links it to the “priesthood and sacrifice of … us.”  We are joint heirs with the Lord, but also co-laborers. This is a powerful thought. While much of the discussion focuses on Christ in His differing roles, Wave drills down to an interesting observation. Jesus wore a seamless garment. Priests in His day wore seamless garments. When Caiaphas — the high priest — rent his clothes during the prosecution of Jesus (Matthew 26:25), Christ was the only one in the room dressed as a priest. It’s an interesting transitional moment. Unwittingly, the high priest thus stepped aside, and in so doing, advanced the primacy of Christ’s priesthood. As for sacrifice, Christ paid the debt for us with His life. We are called to sacrifice, as well. Dr. Nunnally’s final thought: “Obedience is better than sacrifice. Sacrifice without obedience is an abomination to God. Wash yourselves. Let your light so shine before all men. God wants us to live our lives in the light of obedience to Him.”

Romans 12:1, 15:15; Exodus 19:6; 1 Peter 2:4,9; 1&2 Corinthians; Ephesians 2; 4:11; Leviticus 19:2; Philippians 2:17; Ephesians 5:2; Isaiah 53; John 19:23-27; 2 Timothy 4:6; 2 Corinthians 2:14-16; Hebrews 13; 15:16; 1 Samuel 15:22; Isaiah:11, Micah 6; Hosea 6; Jeremiah 7

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2013 Session 31: Admonish!

Today’s class presents a challenge for those who believe that Christ’s followers were commanded, NOT JUDGE OTHERS. Following a careful path of discovery, Dr. Nunnally takes up the amazing scope of St. Paul’s admonitions. To issue an admonition is to concede that Godly judgement is an important concept in both Old and New Testament. The words penned by Paul in his letter to the Ephesians implies the loving context that surrounds the practice of judgement within the community of believers: “Paul admonished them with tears.”

Click here to read: Does The Bible Teach Eternal Security, in Enrichment Journal

Romans 15:14; James 5:19; Acts 20:3 ;14; 27:9; 28:28-31; 1Cor 4:14; Colossians 1: 28: 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:4; 2 Thessalonians 3:15

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2013 Session 31: Form Affects Function

Today’s class session focuses on Paul’s “benediction” in Romans. As we near the end (a year from now — at our rate-of-speed), it’s a notion Paul is keen to get across to the reader. When we pursue a Godly life, we have two course-options: allowing our lives to be informed by scripture; permitting our lives to be molded by the Holy Spirit. The temptation in the faith community is to pursue — exclusively — one or the other.  “This is wrong. It’s not ‘either-or, it’s both, together.”

Romans 15:13,14,15, Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 7:1,3,4,5,6; 18:15, James 5:19-20

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2013 Session 30: Promise Alert

In today’s session, Dr. Nunnally takes up Paul’s reminder to the Jews that God’s intention, from His covenant with Abraham, was to bless both Jews and Gentiles: “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all people on Earth shall be blessed through you.” Paul’s reminder was simple. Christ was the Lord of all, promised to all.

Romans 15:5,8,9,10; Hebrews 3; Philippians 3; 2 Samuel 22; Psalms 18:49; Psalm 117; Isaiah 11:1; Matthew 2:21; Isaiah 42

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2013 Session 29: Sojourn

In today’s session, Steve Pulis reminds us of the “journey” theme, found throughout Holy Scripture. “Abraham departed on a journey, for a land he did not know.” In a way, “sojourning” is the model for every Godly life, described in scripture. We are on a journey, with Heaven as the destination. “This world is not our home.”

Hebrews 8,1; 11:13; Genesis 12:1;17:8;23;23:4

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